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After school signups

Even under COVID precautions, Gordon continues to be committed to providing families with safe, well-supervised, engaging options for all ages that begin at 7:15am and continue to 5:30pm.

Before school and after school care are available through the Gators and YAP (Young Adult Place) programs. 

Other programs that have historically happened after school, like athletics, theater, Common Ground, music lessons and more, have continued. 

Staffing for after school care continues to be a precise science, and students must sign up in advance every trimester for all of their after school activities.

Especially for Middle School...

Parents of athletes or musical performers will receive texts when the athletics schedule changes, when athletics buses are running late, or when there is a change in rehearsal time. These texts use the safety app system, so the texts will go to the same number that gets the safety app reminder each morning. Questions about this system should go to Marlon Henry at mhenry@gordonschool.org

Spring 2022 at a glance

Gators and YAP care 
For all students, daily, through 5:30pm
March 28th to June 7th
 

Music lessons
Flexible scheduling, arrange directly with the teacher
Details and contact information at www.gordonschool.org/musiclessons
Gators and YAP care is available free of charge before lessons, arrange by reaching out to Ms. Alario at jalario@gordonschool.org

Middle School musical
Fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades
Monday to Thursday through 5pm
(5:30 immediately before the performance)
Starts March 28th
Ends with performances May 11th, 12th and 13th
A bonus season of Gap YAP will cover performers Mondays to Thursdays from May 16th to June 7th. Registration for that will open in April.

Lacrosse, baseball, track and field
Fifth to eighth grade
Monday to Thursday through 5pm except...
Baseball is Monday and Wednesday only
Boys lacrosse is Tuesday and Thursday only
Starts March 28th, runs through late May
A bonus season of Gap YAP care will cover athletes for the last days of the year. Registration for that will open in April.

Middle School tennis
Fifth to eighth grade, Fridays through 3:30pm
April 1st until late May

Tuesday Common Ground
Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30pm
For students in Young Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and first to fourth grades
Eight weeks, April 5th to May 24th

The deadline to register is Friday, March 11th

Review your registration at www.gordonschool.org/gators
 
Music lessons should be booked directly using the contact information at www.gordonschool.org/musiclessons

Gators and YAP daily care

Gators and YAP provide care for students from 7:15am to the start of the school day and from dismissal to 5:30pm every day that school is in session.


Care before school

Early Gators and YAP is available every morning between 7:15 and 7:55am, free of charge. For the spring of 2022, advance signup is no longer required, and drop-ins are welcome.
 

Care after school

Gators for Nursery to fourth grade

Students and their families can expect to be fully engaged in hands-on activities--indoors and outdoors--every afternoon in Gators. 

New for the spring of 2022: first to fourth grades may be combined in cross-grade groups. Early Childhood students will remain separated by grade.

New, more flexible guidelines  will allow our after school team to offer more specialty programming as part of every day Gators care! 

In addition to free play on Gordon's playgrounds and other outdoor spaces that are perfect for running around, nature walks, and exploration, students can participate in a variety of activities each week, led by talented and experienced Gators and YAP staff.

Middle School

YAP offers students in fifth to eighth grades a quiet, supervised study hall each afternoon. Students will be organized by grade level, and seventh and eighth grades can be grouped together, working independently or in small groups. Students in YAP also have the opportunity to spend time outdoors or in the field house as availability and staffing allow. 

Music lessons

Instructors are ready to teach drums, flute, bassoon, piano, recorder, ukulele, fiddle, violin, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, voice, trumpet, banjo, harmonica, bass and music theory.

Details on scheduling lessons are at www.gordonschool.org/musiclessons

 

Middle School athletics

Gordon's Middle School offers a Monday to Thursday competitive, interscholastic athletic program. Every student who wants to participate is guaranteed a chance to play, and the values of inclusivity, sportsmanship and teamwork will, as always, be front-and-center.

The basics

This spring, Middle School students may participate in interscholastic competition in lacrosse, baseball and track and field.

Track and field and girls lacrosse meet Monday to Thursday. 
Baseball is Monday and Wednesday only.
Boys lacrosse is Tuesday and Thursday only.

Participants must commit to the full four-day or two-day schedule. The only exception will be that students who are in the musical may attend practices with the track and field team on days they are not needed at rehearsal.

Games or meets may run after 5pm, or be held on Fridays or weekends.

The season starts March 28th, and runs through late May.
A bonus season of Gap YAP care will cover athletes for the last days of the year. Registration for that will open in April.
 
Tennis is also offered on Fridays, to players who participated in either the fall or winter seasons. The cost is $240.

All activities are open to all genders.

All participants must fill out and return the form at www.gordonschool.org/athleticspermissions and sixth, seventh and eighth grade track and field athletes must also return the form at www.gordonschool.org/trackandfield

The Middle School musical

All Middle School are welcome to audition, and all will be cast. The work will be creative, child-centered, and celebrated.

Rehearsals will be Monday to Thursday beginning March 28th and running through performances May 11th, 12th and 13th. Rehearsals run through 5pm, or 5:30 immediately before the performance.

Performers must commit to four days a week. The only exception will be that students who are in the musical may attend practices with the track and field team on days they are not needed at rehearsal.

A bonus season of Gap YAP will cover performers Mondays to Thursdays from May 9th to June 7th. Registration for that will open in April.

Any questions? Email Milly Massey at mmassey@gordonschool.org
 

G-Notes

The G-Notes a cappella group will continue this year, led by Mr. Vélez. Anyone entering seventh or eighth grade who is willing to commit the extra time to meet the challenges of this style of singing is welcome to audition; students who have been part of the group do not need to re-audition.

G Notes meet twice a week: once during the school day and once on Friday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm. There may be additional rehearsal time as needed and as the schedule evolves. 

Affinity groups and clubs

Gordon has a number of affinity groups and interest groups for students, including Common Ground, Latinos Unidos for Latinx students, two programs for students who speak Spanish at home, and a Gender and Sexuality Alliance for LGBTQ students and allies. 

The Middle School meetings of these popular programs will not be happening in the 3:20 to 5:00 time slot, in order to allow students to participate in them and do athletics as well.

Heritage Language, for Early Childhood and Lower School students who speak Spanish at home, will meet during the school day.

Tuesday Common Ground will meet for eight weeks, April 5th to May 24th, for students in Young Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and first to fourth grades.